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Sony E3 2014: PS4 predictions, new game announcements and rumours

on 30 May 2014

With E3 2014 just around the corner, and Sony’s press conference due to kick off on June 9, speculation is rife about which new games will be announced, whether some previously-announced titles will be available in playable form, and whether PlayStation Vita will even be mentioned at all.

The truth is that none of us know the answers to these questions, but that hasn’t stopped us from salivating at the possibilities.

Check out these 25 predictions.

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1. The Sony press conference will kick off with a jaw-dropping, on-stage gameplay demo for Uncharted 4 which, despite rumours to the contrary, will include the return of series protagonist, Nathan Drake, complete with some crazy, cinematic set pieces. “This can’t be in-game footage, can it?”

2. Media Molecule will take to the stage at the Sony press conference to announce its new IP with a brief tech demo. At the PlayStation Meeting in February 2013, MM revealed that it was working with PS4 tech and motion controls. Rumours are rife that it will involve Project Morpheus, Sony Computer Entertainment's prototype virtual reality (VR) system. This will coincide with the launch date announcement for Morpheus, predicted as Q1 2015. It’s too early to reveal a price tag for the headset but MM’s demo will whet our appetite nicely.

Project Morpheus sure to be highlighted by Sony

3. Some rumours suggest that PS Vita TV, which launched in Japan in November, will be confirmed for a western release. This won’t happen. Instead, Sony will push PlayStation Now like its life depends on it. Sony will confirm pricing, plans for Europe and some of the titles that will be available, including the Uncharted trilogy. Could consumers eventually buy a new PlayStation SKU, a disc-less solution that will incorporate the PlayStation Now streaming solution and digital-only titles?

4. There will be a section of the Sony press conference dedicated to Indie games, emphasising the way Sony has embraced the movement. Some people will yawn and others will be excited. The emphasis will be on the diversity and quality of these games, subliminally suggesting that Vita doesn’t need triple-A titles and never has! Expect footage of some recent well-received titles such as Transistor, alongside some future titles such as The Witness and Chasm.

5. The Last of Us Remastered for PS4 is briefly showcased detailing some of the enhancements that have been made over the original. Yep, it looks mighty fine! Though the team is pondering a new IP, there's no rush just yet... not when there's a bucketload of cash to be made over the summer with The Last of Us PS4 and Uncharted 4's imminent arrival.

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